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Number 5 Boathouse (Buildings Numbers 1/27 and 1/28)

A Grade II Listed Building in Portsmouth, Portsmouth

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Latitude: 50.7995 / 50°47'58"N

Longitude: -1.1073 / 1°6'26"W

OS Eastings: 463006

OS Northings: 100370

OS Grid: SU630003

Mapcode National: GBR VNG.2Q

Mapcode Global: FRA 86KZ.JFG

Plus Code: 9C2WQVXV+Q3

Entry Name: Number 5 Boathouse (Buildings Numbers 1/27 and 1/28)

Listing Date: 13 August 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1272290

English Heritage Legacy ID: 476677

Location: Charles Dickens, Portsmouth, PO1

County: Portsmouth

Electoral Ward/Division: Charles Dickens

Built-Up Area: Portsmouth

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: St Thomas of Canterbury, Portsmouth

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth

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(East side)
HM Naval Base
774-1/18/210 No 5 Boathouse (Buildings Nos
1/27 & 1/28)


Masthouse then boathouse and sail loft, now museum. 1882 (Riley) on site of earlier boathouse. Timber framed with weatherboard cladding and corrugated iron roofs.
EXTERIOR= 2 parallel ranges of 1 storey, 2:2 x 12 bays, built over Mast Pond (qv); with 3rd, shorter, range (former sail loft) set back against right return, originally of 2 storeys with loft. Small-pane wooden windows in flush wood frames. Board doors. Bracketed boxed eaves. The 2 main ranges are built on a wood and iron substructure which has iron posts with wooden braces to iron girders and wooden joists. South-west elevation: the 2 main ranges have 4 original wide entrances replaced by (20 doors, small-pane glazing, and vertical boarding. 2 louvred openings above to left range. Hipped roofs. Range set back on right has central late (20 door in original surround with bracketed wooden pentice; flanking continuous 4-pane windows with door to left; 3 small-pane windows above; and 2 strap-hinged loading doors in gable. Rear: main range has diagonally-tooled stone plinth with granite kerbstones; 5 bays of continuous board doors or replacement vertical boarding; louvred gable. Shorter range as before. Left return: bracketed iron balcony; 12 windows. Right return: main range has late (20 door and 5 windows on right of shorter range and 3 windows on left.
INTERIOR: square wooden columns straight-braced to longitudinal and cross beams. Roof trusses have braced wooden king posts and vertical secondary braces; raking plank wind braces. HISTORY: one of a pair of boathouse with No.7 (qv). With the Lower Boat House, Chatham (qv), the last surviving examples of a once-common type, used for building and storing of small boats.
(Sources: Coad J: The Royal Dockyards 1690-1850: Aldershot: 1989: 145; The Buildings of England: Lloyd D: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight: Harmondsworth: 1985: 409-410; The Portsmouth Papers: Riley R(: The Evolution of the Docks & Industrial Buildings in Portsmouth: Portsmouth: 1985: 11).

Listing NGR: SU6299200361

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